Seventeen Has Turned Thirty-Five

31 03 2012

Start at 3:35.

How in the hell could I just blow past eighteen years of my life that quickly?

I tell you what — I better hurry my ass up and accomplish something really important before I blink my eyes again, and suddenly 35 turns into 55.

Happy birthday to me, nonetheless.





Don’t Count Your Congressmen Before They Hatch

30 03 2012

Newsmax:

WSJ: Obama Expands His Executive Power

Despite campaign promises to refrain from using executive powers to bypass Congress, President Barack Obama is increasingly doing just that, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

From helping rebels in the Libyan revolution to granting states waivers from the No Child Left Behind education act, Obama is finding it easier to push his agenda without asking for approval from elected senators and representatives, the paper said.

And that is not sitting well with either Republicans or Democrats who are keen to defend their own turf against what they see as an overreaching executive.

“When he ran for president, Barack Obama promised to roll back President George W. Bush’s use of executive power, a defining point of the Bush presidency,” Laura Meckler wrote in the Journal piece. “The pledge was part of a broader pitch about Mr. Obama’s governing style, which he said would focus on solving problems in a pragmatic, cooperative way.

This is why I get paid the big bucks, to translate this kind of political bullshit into English for you.

It was easy for Obama to promise on the campaign trail in 2008 that he would never overuse his executive authority, because he assumed that the Democrats would hold Congress for quite a long time. He just presumed he wouldn’t need to issue executive orders for this or that, because he would always have a Congress that would poodle along with whatever he wanted.

Then there was November 2010.





Friday Wrap-Up

30 03 2012

Don’t look for much blogging from me this weekend.

I am officially legal as of tomorrow.  Legal, to be President of the United States, that is.  I’ve got the age, now all I need is money and credibility.  Those are much harder to come by.  Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be 34 again.

LOCAL AND REGIONAL

*  I mentioned this edifice a few days ago, in that I ate there after I took the SATs at SLU.  There were plans to tear it down, but Starbucks and Shitpotle to the rescue.

*  Fulton, Missouri is known for its college commencement speakers.  Winston Churchill’s famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Westiminster College begat many other famous world leaders speaking there.  As if they were feeling the heat, William Woods University, also in Fulton, has nabbed Val Kilmer to address the Class of 2012.

And you wonder why we want photo ID to vote.

NATIONAL

NICS background check data.  Make of it what you will, I don’t have much commentary, but to say that there hasn’t been a month with under 966,000 checks since Obama was elected.

Isn’t it nice to have friends in high places?

All snark aside, the Massachusetts court system probably isn’t being any more lenient with him than they would any other illegal alien in a similar situation.

It’s obvious what this is, a feeble attempt to get Maryland’s blacks to vote for him instead of Ben Cardin in the Democrat Primary because the Senate has no blacks.  But does Mr. Muse not realize the fire with which he’s playing by singling out the Jews?

*  The Chicago Way:  $7b to create 30k jobs.  That comes to $233k per job.  I doubt each of these jobs will pay anywhere close to $233k/yr, though.

INTERNATIONAL

Merah:  A stool pidgeon for French intel?

*  IRONY ALERT:  The sixth richest country in the world is leading a group of countries complaining about rich countries.

An Australian study pours cold water all over the notion that younger students need homework.

I’m dubious about the study’s methodology, because I don’t think they controlled for the most important factor in determining academic achievement:  Race.

ALP wiped out in Queensland, but I don’t write anything into it.  Why?  Queensland is Australia’s most conservative state.  Its existing ALP ruling majority was an aberration.

The first paragraph is money.  What have I been saying here since the very early days of this blog?  Words are cheaper than dirt, actions have consequences.

MISC STUFF

*  “None fell so pure of crime.”

What if it wants to stick its head in the sand?  Then you’re going nowhere.

Yeah, I’ll buy.  I’ll buy it, a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea, just to confuse the clerk.

*  Unless you’re a ho, then it would be the job.

Where?

Remember, the opposite of derive is integrate.  You know I’m not a big fan of integration.  I’m trying to come up with the idea double entendre play on words for a great punchline.

She got a hippopotamus for Christmas.





Fun With Friday Headlines

30 03 2012

CBS Detroit:  Does Malik Shabazz Still Think Detroit Residents Should ‘Burn The City Down?’

The New Black Panthers will burn down what the old Black Panthers didn’t.

Slashdot:  16-Year-Old Creates Scientific/Graphing Calculator In Minecraft

Because the world needed yet another calculator.

KCBS-2 LA:  Medical Marijuana Deliveryman Robbed By Baton-Wielding Ninjas In West Covina

“Baton-wielding ninja,” i.e. he was probably high.

C-Trib:  Dennis Rodman ‘broke,’ ‘extremely sick,’ his attorney says

So the news is that Rodman is broke.

ESPN:  Owner, GM support Vinny Del Negro

With the Sir Skittles affair raging, they had no choice but to support a negro.

KSL Salt Lake City:  Tacocopter would deliver tacos via unmanned drone

Date stamp March 28.  They’re four days too early.

My Fox DC:  TSA Manager Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring

TSA man busted for T&A.





Today’s Sir Skittles Stack

30 03 2012

What’s that?  Your age, or your IQ?

Daily Caller has found a second Twitter feed for Sir Skittles.

*  I normally think of 4chan as the Sillyville of the internet, but some of their regulars cracked into his social media presences.

John Hawkins picks out some of Sir Skittles’s more interesting tweets.  What do they all mean?  He was a foot soldier in the (real) war on women.

*  Nobody remembers anything.  Don’t they know what happened to Dan Rather after the fake document scandal?  ABC doctored a video of Zimmerman to try to “prove” he had no injuries, and on top of that, they outed a 13-year old Zimmerman-corroborating witness.  What does all this mean?  What else?  Begging for riots!





I Don’t Want ‘Em, You Can Have ‘Em

30 03 2012

Music before story.  Then again, the music pretty much gives you the story.

Fox News Latino:

House Democrats and Attorneys General File Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law

Eleven attorneys general and 68 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives joined in opposing Arizona’s controversial immigration law on Tuesday, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in the case.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman [Al Sharpton lover -- Blogmeister] filed an amicus brief supporting the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona, saying the southwestern state’s immigration law conflicts with federal policy by enlisting state authorities to police immigration offenses and by undermining the deportation priorities set by the Executive branch.

The attorneys general from 10 other states, including California, Hawaii and Massachusetts, signed on to the amicus brief.

The filing also says Arizona’s disproportionate crackdown on illegal immigration will affect other states.

“Because Arizona cannot compel the federal government to remove undocumented residents, SB 1070’s provisions have the primary effect of redirecting undocumented immigrants to other States,” the brief says.

Sixty-seven Democratic members of Congress, led by Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, simultaneously announced their opposition to Arizona’s SB 2010, filing a similar amicus brief.

“We wouldn’t permit Arizona to have its own foreign policy and we can’t allow Arizona to have its own immigration laws,” Rep. Zoe Lofregren, who sits on the House Subcommittee on Immigration, said in a press conference posted to YouTube.

U.S. District Judge [****] put an injunction on several parts of the Arizona law in July 2010 – including the provision requiring police to check the immigration status of the people they stop – arguing that the law usurped federal immigration enforcement authority. [*****] decision was upheld by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed SB 1070 into law, hopes the Supreme Court will overturn the lower court’s ruling. Brewer, a Republican, and other supporters of SB 1070 argue that federal inaction leaves Arizona with no choice but to take immigration enforcement into its own hands.

The Supreme Court will hear Arizona v. The United States on April 25.

Remember, these are still the procedural hearings, not the Constitutional hearings.

What does all this mean?

Other states don’t want the illegal aliens that are being run out of Arizona on account of SB 1070.

Funny they wouldn’t want all that enriching diversity.





Talking Severability

29 03 2012

Why did ObamaCare not include a severability provision?

Various theories include House Dems daring SCOTUS to nullify the entire bill, (a la the ganged-up prisoner who sags his pants daring other jailbirds to rape him), or that they just plain forgot in a rush to get anything passed and onto Obama’s desk.

My theory?  Far more practical and less Machiavellian.  I’ve stated her name before in this space — Karen Ignagni.  I think the real reason the bill that passed didn’t have a severability clause is because the health insurance industry didn’t want it.  That’s because they could not have tolerated the individual mandate being declared unconstitutional and everything else being allowed to stand, because everything else mostly hurts the industry.

And, as Rush said relaying what his “judge friend” told him, even if there was a severability clause, it wouldn’t have done any good, because the individual mandate is so intertwined with everything else, and everything else is so intertwined with everything else in OsamaCare, a la a group orgy, that declaring one part unconstitutional takes the whole kit ‘n’ kaboodle down with it.

The last time I talked about severability in this space was with Arizona SB 1070.  It does have a severability clause, but it does not need one, because SB 1070 is basically a grab bag of discrete immigration-related laws that aren’t legally dependent on each other and have their own independent utility.





Watch It While You Can

29 03 2012

If you have the right browser extensions installed, download it before the Googitburo scrubs it.





Nobody’s Listening

28 03 2012

I would swear up and down that somebody is talking about a Supreme Court case in this video.





McClains Lawyer Up

28 03 2012

Morgan & Morgan….much more credible than Dewey, Cheatham & Howe.

What does all this mean?  Spike Lee might soon have to change his name to “50 Cent,” because that’s about all he’ll be worth after two lawyers named Morgan clean his clock and his bank accounts.





I Give Up

28 03 2012

You’ll have to insert your own laugh tracks, puns, jokes and snark.

2:

Vigil Planned For Trayvon Martin In East St. Louis

EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI)– The Trayvon Martin case out of Florida continues to capture the nation’s attention and Wednesday evening local groups are showing their support for the family.

That vigil is set to start at 5 p.m. as people continue to fight for what they say is an injustice and death of a young man and countless others.

The story of Trayvon Martin has gripped the nation as people from all walks of life turn out to support the 17 year old’s family.

Trayvon was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman while walking home from the store. Many have expressed outrage because Martin was unarmed wearing a hoodie only carrying a bag of skittles and an iced tea.

The NAACP and other civil rights groups are speaking out to keep the case in the public eye. Both teens and adults are making their own statements by holding vigils and marches and posting videos across the country. Reverend B.T. Rice with the local NAACP says there are hundreds of thousands of Trayvons who need justice. The organization’s youth division also made a video to support the efforts.

Reception to follow at the Larry Flynt Hustler Club off 64 and Kingshighway.  Okay, not really.

“Injustice and death of young men” is practically the Motto of ESL.





As For Number Eight…

28 03 2012

Me, three days ago:

Unfortunately for Santorum, April 3 is D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin, all probably easy Romney wins, and three weeks later is CT, DE, NY, RI and PA, and Romney will win all but PA.  Romney will have this thing virtually wrapped up by April 25.

Santorum is now on the rocks in PA.  If Romney can also win PA, that will mean all of the eight next contests.  It won’t be virtually over on April 25, it will be really over.  Romney can run ads in Philly and Pittsburgh thumping Santorum for pre-judging Zimmerman’s guilt in the Sir Skittles affair, and that would clinch it.





Sir Skittles Stack

28 03 2012

Booby Rush wears a hoodie on the House floor.  Of course, since Rush was once a Black Panther, you knew where his sympathies would lie.

It sure makes me wish that other guy would have won in 2000.

Why black crime is out of control in Killadelphia. Or rather, why that city is anti-white hate central.

This is why we have separation of powers between law enforcement and prosecution.  The media only colloquially state that police “charge” someone with some crime, when in reality, they do not have that power.  It is almost always the case that the prosecutors give the cops what they want.  But sometimes, the circuit does break.  In some states and in the Federal system, some or all criminal charges have to go to a GJ, even though GJs will indict a ham sandwich.  However, the GJ system is a theoretical firewall against abusive prosecutors.

Speaking of which, why do we call the jury to issue charges the “grand” jury and the jury to determine guilt or innocence and (sometimes) punishment the “petit” jury?  Seems to me it should be the opposite.





Remember: Course Title Inflation

28 03 2012

The Illinois State Senate is putting the brakes on the legislative motion to require four years of math to graduate high school.  Officially, the reason is that some educators worry that requiring more math would squeeze out other courses.

My guess?  Yep, the black elephant in the room.

Then again, if that’s what they’re worried about, they needn’t worry, because of course title inflation.  Oh yeah, Geto High will do four years of math, and the courses will be titled Algebra, Geometry, College Algebra and Trig, but nothing that difficult will actually be going on in those classrooms.  The Oprah, of all people, blew the lid off that scandal.  Appropriately enough, she found it was happening in Chicago.





We’ll Always Have East St. Louis

28 03 2012

Mike Owens, former reporter for Channel 5, is throwing his hat into the ring as a Democrat (of course) in H-84, which serves the West End.

Wasn’t he involved in some mess relating to some ho in ESL?





Or, There’s Another Theory

27 03 2012

NBC:

Cross-ownership issue looms for Kroenke

In late January, when Rams owner Stan Kroenke emerged as a potential buyer for the L.A. Dodgers, we asked the league about the potential application of the cross-ownership rules.

“We have not been presented with any proposal to evaluate,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said at the time. “Thus, we will refrain from speculating.”

Less than two months later, with Kroenke now one of three finalists to buy the team, the league still may not be ready to speculate, but it’s definitely ready to act in the event that Kroenke emerges as the new owner of the Dodgers.

“I have told Commissioner Selig this, if [Kroenke] is ultimately the winning bid, then we would immediately move with our committees and our membership to have the discussion,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday at the league meetings. “So we would move as quickly as possible knowing that it is an important issue for baseball.”

For now, even though no NFL team is in Los Angeles, a potential issue seems to exist under the cross-ownership rules.

“[Kroenke] is aware of it,” Goodell said. “Baseball is aware of it. It would have to be addressed by our membership.”

Kroenke undoubtedly would contend that, because no NFL team currently resides in the L.A. market, he may own a non-NFL sports franchise there. But Goodell also said Monday that Los Angeles is a “league market,” which could mean that even without a team in L.A. at the moment, the NFL believes the cross-ownership rules apply. (We have requested clarification from the league office.)

Kevin Slaten talked about this story today, and he thinks this is a clue that the fix is in, and Kroenke is going to move the Rams back to Los Angeles, done deal.

Maybe not.

Remember, current Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan almost bought the 60% share of the Rams from the estate of Georgia Frontiere a few years back, but Kroenke had the rights to buy it before anyone else could, and he did. There has been gossip that Khan will move the Jags to L.A., Kroenke will keep the Rams here, then they’ll swap teams. That would make Kroenke an L.A. NFL owner, and then the league wouldn’t want him owning an L.A. MLB team.

Once they get done with that, maybe they can get down to figuring out if any members of the Rams donated to the NBPP “Murder Zimmerman” bounty fund.  Chaka Khan, no relation to Shahid Khan, did cut a tribute song to Sir Skittles.

UPDATE

All moot.  The Dodgers were sold to the consortium that has Magic Johnson as the front for the Guggenheim art fortune.





They Were Raptured

27 03 2012

C-Trib:

Audit: Chicago State unable to find $3.8M in equipment

Chicago State University has been unable to locate $3.8 million worth of equipment, including 950 computers that could contain confidential information, according to a state audit.

The review released Thursday by Auditor General William Holland continues a string of reports of poor financial oversight at the university. But the school issued a statement saying the number of problems discovered had dropped because of a new administration’s “proactive approach” to correcting them.

The audit also found problems with scholarship awards, lax contracting oversight, overspending a federal grant and improper spending on a New Orleans tour.

The university reported 1,840 items purchased over the past four decades were missing. The total purchase price was $3.8 million and hold a current value of $403,000, Holland’s report found. There were no records to indicate whether there was confidential information on the 950 computers.

Inventory problems included a $106,000 library book sorter purchased in 2006 that could never be used and was returned for a $15,000 credit this year.

Methinks you’ll find it at the local pawn shops.  Though I don’t know how valuable anyone in that area would think a book sorter.

Chicago State’s student body is 80% black, but it’s not considered an HBCU because of the “H” part — It has only become predominately black in recent decades.





CAIR Joins the Circus

27 03 2012

In an article about a maybe/maybe-not hate crime against an Iraqi woman in San Diego:

Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, said Alawadi’s death was a primary topic of conversation among speakers and attendees on Sunday evening at the organisation’s annual banquet in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

He and others compared her slaying to that of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer and whose case has ignited racial tensions.

“Treyvon was black wearing a hoodie. Shaima was wearing a hijab,” Walid said. “It’s the same racist principle at play that killed both of these individuals.”

All the left wing goober groups are feeding from the Trayvon trough.  I’ve been asking where the Razatards are, why they’re so silent, especially since Zimmerman is Hispanic.  At this rate, they’ll find some way to come down on the side of Sir Skittles — Perhaps the media meme of him being a “white Hispanic” is a media attempt to give the Razatards cover to do just that.

UPDATE

That didn’t take long.





Looky What We Have Here

27 03 2012

Egg plus the faces of Barbara McQuade, Eric Holder, et al. equals:

Judge acquits militia members of sedition, conspiracy

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday acquitted seven members of a U.S. Midwestern militia group of all major sedition and conspiracy charges against them, two years after the FBI began arresting them following a long undercover surveillance operation.

The seven, members of a group known as the Hutaree, were accused of plotting to kill law enforcement officers as a way to incite a wider rebellion against the U.S. government.

Defense attorneys had argued their actions were protected by their First Amendment free speech rights.

In her ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge [*****] agreed, acquitting the defendants on all counts related to sedition, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, training in the use of explosives and using firearms in the commission of a felony.

“A conspiracy to murder law enforcement is a far cry from conspiracy to forcibly oppose the authority of the government of the United States,” Judge [*****] wrote.

She described Hutaree leader David Brian Stone Sr.’s speech as “vile and often hateful” but said “his diatribes evince nothing more than his own hatred for – perhaps even desire to fight or kill – law enforcement; this is not the same as seditious conspiracy.”

Also acquitted were Tina Mae Stone, the wife of David Brian Stone Sr.; their two sons, David Brian Stone Jr. and Joshua Matthew Stone, and Michael David Meeks, Thomas William Piatek and Kristopher Sickles.

Judge [*****] chided federal prosecutors for saying they would prove “specific acts of violence” by the group but then failing to do so before the jury, saying “much of the government’s evidence against the defendants at trial was in the form of speeches,” mainly by David Brian Stone Sr.

“This back and forth banter, like the other anti-government speech and statements evincing a desire – even a goal – to kill police, is simply insufficient to sustain the seditious conspiracy charge. It requires an agreement and plan of action, not mere advocacy or hateful speech,” she wrote.

Relatively minor possession of illegal weapons charges remain in place against David Brian Stone Sr. and his son, Joshua Stone, who have been in prison for two years since they were arrested by the FBI.

“It’s a good day for the United States. It’s a good day for the first and second amendments,” said attorney Michael Rataj, who represented Tina Stone.

William Swor, attorney for David Brian Stone Sr, called the verdict “wonderful” and said he and the other defense attorneys would file motions to have the jailed defendants released.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney said her office would not comment on the judge’s ruling because of the remaining charges in the case.

Judge [*****] said that in order to be successful, the government needed to prove seditious conspiracy by “an agreement and a plan of action, not mere advocacy or hateful speech.”

The seven were among nine people arrested in raids in the Midwestern U.S. states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana that began March 27, 2010 and ended several days later.

The trial against the Hutaree, a Christian-based militia group, was the latest in a series of prosecutions aimed at what the government sees as a growing threat of violence from homegrown anti-government groups.

In early February, the FBI warned such groups posed an increasing threat to law enforcement.

Yeah, let’s talk about that FBI warning, surely ADL/SPLC-written.  Will Morris Dees and Abraham Foxman have to give back the money they hustled on the pretext that the Hutaree were involved in such a conspiracy?

This was a Reuters article.  Since the judge acquitted them, this means the defendants waived their right to a jury and opted for a bench trial, therefore the wire service had no choice but to state her name.  I will say she is a Clinton appointee, so the left can’t use “right wing judge” as a crutch.

Related:  Following all the Bouncing Balls





It Begins

27 03 2012

The proto-riotous rabble has already started looting.

A Walgreens in Miami.

Buckle up, people.  It’s going to be a long, rough summer.  The only good news is that if it’s as bad as I think it’ll be, Obama’s approval rating will halve by Labor Day.

I don’t think the rabble chose Walgreens for any particular reason, other than the fact that if St. Louis is any indication, finding a Walgreens in Miami is like finding hay in a haystack.  There is actually a St. Louis City ordinance that requires a Walgreens at every perpendicular junction of major boulevards and avenues.

 





I Suppose This Will Now Be a Daily Occurrence

27 03 2012

“Give us this day our daily Sir Skittles rally.”  It’s a perfect way to follow up Black History Month.

5:

Trayvon Martin to be honored at Harris-Stowe’s student empowerment rally

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) — Students in St. Louis plan to show their support for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain a little over a month ago.

Harris-Stowe’s Student Government Association and the Young Men’s Achievement Academy will host the “Stand Up For Trayvon” memorial and student empowerment rally.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 29, at noon in the Harris-Stowe quad and amphitheater.

Student representatives from other local universities will also be in attendance, along with State Representative Tishaura Jones and other Harris Stowe student leaders and supporters.

There are some people pushing The Narrative (TM) whom I expect to feel shame and embarrassment if the truth winds up contradicting The Narrative (TM), but they probably won’t.  I have no such delusions about the staff, faculty and students at Harris-Slow.

I wonder if Calculus II is in their course catalog this semester.





Ding Dong the Witch Is Retiring

27 03 2012

Happy trails, Deseg Jane.

Thankfully, with the way the committee aced her out of a State Senate district, I can deduce that she made few friends and lots of enemies in her time in both the State House and Senate.  Maybe the Republicans in the General Assembly are smarter than I gave them credit for.





Ghetto Lottery

27 03 2012

Today’s Sir Skittles stack:

Ma Skittles is buying a ghetto lottery ticket.

*  That means whoever is selling junk like this better hurry up and make their money before the trademark is granted.

*  The weed suspension which he was serving at the time of the incident wasn’t his first school disciplinary issue.  BTW, Sir Skittles, “a friend gave it to me” is the oldest and lamest excuse in the book.

*  The official version is that Sir Skittles initiated the first physical contact.

*  On the other hand, this seems to demonstrate that Zimmerman initiated the first and longest non-physical contact.

*  Sir Skittles used “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA” as his Twitter handle.  Daily Caller has a record of his tweets — To be honest, though, once you’ve read the Twitter timeline of one young black man or woman, you’re read a million of ‘em.

*  Proof that the NBPP wants to murder Zimmerman:  The gentleman that first offered the $10k bounty (now $1m), has been popped for felon in possession.

Zimmerman self-idents as both Hispanic and a Democrat on his voter registration form.





The Second Missourian

27 03 2012

P-D:

Mo. Senate backs voting for gov, lt. gov. as one ticket

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • Missouri voters would nominate and elect the governor and lieutenant governor as a single ticket under legislation endorsed by a state Senate committee.

Missouri’s top two executives currently are elected separately, leading to instances of the governor and lieutenant governor being from different parties.

A Senate elections committee has endorsed both a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the joint nomination and election of candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.

Both measures now go the full Senate. If they’re approved by the Legislature and voters, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would run as tickets beginning in 2016.

What this doesn’t say is this:  Would this measure mean that Missouri does like the Presidency, the party nominee hand-picks a running mate?  Or will it be like Illinois, where the primaries for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are discrete but the partisan winners hook up in a both-or-none party ticket?

For the answer, you have to go to the legislation itself:  It’s a Presidency-type system.  The only difference is that a given Gubernatorial nominee is not allowed to name a running mate until after he or she wins the primary.  That’s an important distinction because Reagan announced then-Senator Richard Schweiker (R-PA) as his running mate in 1976 as an attempt to sway some Ford delegates to his side.  That kind of trick would seem to be disallowed under this proposed amendment.

I don’t know if I would vote for it.  I kinda like the idea of having totally discrete elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.  And it’s half baked — If we’re going to do this, we should also eliminate all the other statewide elections as elected offices, and let the Governor choose his or her own AG, Treasurer, Secretary of State and Auditor — If it’s so wrong to have a Governor and Lieutenant Governor of different parties, why is it not wrong to have a Governor and Attorney General of different parties?  Don’t you wish right now that the U.S. Attorney General were a Republican?

One more thing:  The qualifications for Lieutenant Governor are the same as Governor.  30 years old, 15 years an American citizen and 10 years a state resident.  The bill forgets to state specifically that the nominee’s choice of a running mate has to meet the qualifications, though since the SoS has to certify it, it is presumed that s/he will check that.  But I would include that language in the legislation, because I can see some dickhead thinking he can pick some 22-year old activist as a running mate, and it causes a big damned constitutional crisis.  The last time the General Assembly was so insouciant and lazy about the language in a bill?  That’s often, but the last real big example was CCW:  They forgot to REQUIRE that a permit fee be collected, even though they stated the maximum dollar amount of the permit fee, and St. Louis City and County used this as the loophole (hiding behind the Hancock Amendment) to drag its heels on issuing permits until the glitch was fixed.





Double Entendre of the Year

26 03 2012

You’ll know it when you read it, no bold or italics necessary.

Daily Mail:

Teacher, 38, admits having sex with her 17-year-old student

A high school teacher has admitted to having sex with her 17-year-old student.

Jennifer McCullum, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery for having sexual intercourse with a minor while in a position of authority.

The first photo is the best.  Unfortunately, whenever that photo was taken was the last time she ever looked that good.  All downhill.

UPDATE

I finally figured out what was missing from this post:  Some video accompaniment.





Slopster Officially Weighs In

26 03 2012

About you know who.

If the facts don’t wind up fitting his prepackaged narrative, will he issue an apology?

He will, on the same day he admits that recreation centers breed violent crime instead of preventing it.

The same day that elephants grow wings and fly to the moon.





College Material

26 03 2012

This is a long spread on the high pressure student loan debt collector industry.  The man featured in the article had to have gone to college, and presumably graduated, because he had $20k in student loan debt.  Yet, he’s only making $20k a year.

What was the point of college for him?

This only proves two things:  One, there are already too many people in college, including that world famous evolutionary biologist in training at Florida Atlantic University, and two, it’s just plain folly (yes, I’m looking at you, Barack H. Obama, Jr.) to say that we need even more people in college.





An AQ State of Mind

26 03 2012

The official French and world media are all abuzz trying to figure out if Mohammed Merah had any documented paper trail-y links to AQ.  So far, they have found nothing.

And they will find nothing.  It’s not as if AQ has a home office in *-stan and prints out membership cards.  AQ is more of a mentality and an imagery rather than an actual top-down organization.

I ask thee:  Are Merah’s victims any less dead for him not having an official link to AQ?





Stuff Trayvon Likes

26 03 2012

The newest image.  Ironically, in an article somewhat exculpatory toward Mr. Zimmerman.

I didn’t know he was an afficionado of the slopes.  Maybe he and his cohorts maintained a timeshare in Steamboat Springs.  Goes to show, you never can judge a book by its cover.

What I do know is that the media are trying to hawk Mr. Martin’s case to the SWPL crowd that also likes to ski and snowboard.





Problem Fans? Out!

26 03 2012

Out of the stadium, but not out of the country.

Time for more razzle dazzle ‘em distractions.

ESPN:

Bill would ban violent fans from stadiums

It has been almost a year since San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was thrown to the ground in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and almost beaten to death. The two men charged in the March 31 incident have yet to go to trial, and the 43-year-old father of two remains in a rehab facility where he’s undergoing aggressive therapy.

In response to the Stow incident — and a few other recent episodes of fan violence, including a shooting after a San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park — a California legislator has introduced a bill that would attempt to ban violent offenders from attending professional sporting events. The bill would also encourage stadium security to do more to crack down on troublemakers.

“Crack down on troublemakers.”  Unless those troublemakers have something in common.  One phone call from MALDEF to their buds in the DOJ ends this crackdown.








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